Corey Doctorow had recent piece about how well the Hugo and World con people had beaten back the threat of the racist homophobic Sad Puppies and managed to award a stable of properly diverse people for the Hugo.
The fact is that it was an empty victory with the other side abandoning establishment Science Fiction and it’s fandom to it’s fate mostly out of disgust and frankly because we no longer cared about trying to save something so obviously sick and rotten. Great folks, now you’ve won. Now watch Worldcon rapidly disintegrate as all the people who might have cared have been driven away by your boorishness. Followed shortly thereafter by the last marketplaces for SF writers as the publishers kill them because they don’t make money. Or at least keep the budgets so low that authors can no longer make a living writing for an establishment house. The houses that have to justify the celebrity advances that don’t pay back somehow.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how the Sad Puppies had failed, mostly because they weren’t trying. I was hit hard about that, mostly with people who seemed to know what was or wasn’t to inside my head and what I had forgotten, all of course without actually any intention of actually discussing the real issues at hand. Which is the bullying tactics and tyranny that have taken over the publishing industry and other outlets of popular culture.
What Happened To The Sad Puppies? In 2015 the Sad Puppies were a presence in SF and in culture in general. In 2016 the Sad Puppies became almost a nonentity. All through the year it was the Rabids that drove the show and that hurt both the Sad Puppies And possibly the future of Sf in the long term.
Every cliquish group has to have a prat. You know what they are like. They are the ones who go to the extra effort to make sure everybody knows that he is aligned with the “right people” by constantly maligning and disparaging the “wrong people” In this case, the Puppy Kicker’s biggest prat is Damien Walter. Now there has been a lot of competition for Puppy Kicker biggest prat, but through and through Damien has come through in his columns in the Guardian. His latest is no exception.
I’ve been staying out of the Dragon Awards because I haven’t had the funds to buy new books this year and I didn’t want to nominate books that I had not read simply because I was fans or friend of the author. I am glad that Dave Weber, Dave Freer, Larry Corriea, Eric Flint, John Wright and other great people I’ve come to know were nominated. Over all the noms look solid. What makes the Dragon Awards different? Attitude!!! This is the attitude of the Dragon organizers.
Comparing the Nebula and Hugo noms is a study in contrasts. The Nebulas reflect the membership of the SFWA, which is driven by the fact that the majority of the membership is, well from the crazy cat lady set, driven by feminist politics. The Huffpo lauds this this as “diversity” but it’s not hard to see why.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of innocence is drowned | The best lack all conviction, while the worst | Are full of passionate intensity. -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming